Find out what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities.

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1st United CU

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1st United CU was selected as the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s (ACCFB) official Food Drive host for 2022. Community members who collect up to 400 pounds of food (about a barrel full) can now deliver their donations to any 1st United CU branch.

Patelco CU

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Patelco CU was named a 2022 Diamond Award winner by the Credit Union National Association Marketing and Business Development Council (CUNA) for its 2021 social media campaign. Entitled “Patelco Member Quotes,” the campaign features its members’ authentic, organic opinions as well as others from the credit union’s social community. 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has once again been nominated in the San Diego’s BEST Union-Tribune Readers Poll and voting is now open. In 2021, San Diego County CU was named San Diego’s BEST Credit Union for the 22nd consecutive year by readers of The San Diego Union-Tribune. It was also voted San Diego’s BEST Financial Planner and BEST Mortgage Provider for the twelfth year in a row - and BEST Auto Loan Provider and BEST Place to Work for the eighth year.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU recently received three Diamond Awards, including Complete Campaign for its Auto Loan Rate Sale; Digital Advertising for its “Free-Checking—No Joke” membership campaign; and Direct Mail for its Visa Balance Transfer

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is a proud sponsor of the 2022 San Diego Padres season. The credit union has supported its hometown team, the San Diego Padres, since Petco Park’s inaugural season.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU received a Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) for its branding awareness campaign featuring five small Sacramento business owners and encouraging consumers to “shop local.”

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU is pleased to announce announced new Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee. Incumbent Directors Kelley Mayer, Gerald Polyascko, and Richard Rothwell were re-elected to the Board, and are joined by newly elected Director Amanda Cook. On the Supervisory Committee, Incumbents Vicente Hinojosa and Cezary Goch were re-elected via acclamation. Mayer, Polyascko, Rothwell, and Cook will serve on the Board led by Chairman Brian Sutton, alongside Vice Chairman Joseph Mitilieri, Secretary Gary Greving, and Directors Sally L. Arnett, and Michael Brigagliano. Mayer will once again serve as Treasurer of the Board. The Frontwave CU Supervisory Committee is led by Chairman Robert Ross. In addition to Ross, Supervisory Committee Members include Kit Gardner, Vicente Hinojosa and Cezary Goch.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is proud to support the local performing arts community as the title sponsor of Broadway San Diego’s 45th Season. The 45th Broadway San Diego Season Ticket Package includes Hamilton, Annie, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, Disney’s Frozen, SIX, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and Beetlejuice.

Meriwest CU

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Meriwest CU and the Bay Area Panthers have signed a multi-year agreement, orchestrated by PIVOT Agency, establishing Meriwest CU as the presenting partner of the Panthers.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU and Napa Valley Community Foundation have entered a first-of-its-kind partnership that aims to accelerate the adoption of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The result is an innovative ADU construction loan product that will enable more homeowners to borrow the capital they need to construct second units. 

Travis CU

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has selected Thomas Kevin Miller as President and Chief Executive Officer. Miller is an accomplished senior executive who brings more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry with innovative digital and financial initiatives, designed to empower the underserved to improve their financial wellbeing.

Compass Community CU

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Compass Community CU celebrated America Saves Week during the week of Feb. 21, 2022. Each day of the week focused on a different area of finances to help individuals and families address short- and long-term savings goals to achieve better financial stability, along with strategies for how they might get there.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has won a Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council’s annual awards. The credit union's outdoor marketing campaign won in the outdoor category. The awards program recognizes superior marketing and business development within the credit union industry.  

Premier America CU

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Premier America CU and California State University, Northridge have formed a 10-year, multifaceted partnership agreement. The long-term commitment supports events and programs that benefit students and alumni and includes the renaming of the university’s athletics facility after the company.

Patelco CU

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Patelco CU recently welcomed David Fong to the team as Senior Vice President of Internal Audit. Patelco also promoted Ameet Seth to Senior Vice President of Delivery. Fong will lead the credit union’s risk-based audit planning efforts to assess and recommend improvements to key operational and finance activities as well as the testing of internal controls. In his new role, Seth will lead the growth of integrating Patelco’s virtual delivery across all channels and ensure members receive the same quality of service virtually as they are in person.

Meriwest CU

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Meriwest CU has been selected by Elan as one of 50 credit unions to designate a recipient of a $12,500 donation from Across the Country Charitable (ATC) Giving program. In partnership with the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, Meriwest CU has chosen to give their donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

First Financial CU

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has donated more than $8,000 to local schools from contributions made to the credit union’s Matching Dollars 4 Schools donation program.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has hired Sam Neylon as branch experience manager of its Windsor branch. In his new role, Neylon is responsible for community and business development efforts, as well as overseeing member service, staff, and branch operations.

Nuvision CU

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Nuvision CU was recently certified by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). This designation is available only to organizations that have proven they provide financial services and products in low-income communities and to people who lack access to financing. 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU will sponsor the 13th Annual San Diego Women’s Week that will be held March 9-11. The leadership events organized by the North San Diego Business Chamber, are designed to inspire, empower and connect individuals of all ages and professions. Attendees will enjoy networking, keynote speakers, panel discussions and more, all wrapped around creative solutions to everyday issues.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has promoted Bryan Haas to senior vice president of product and member engagement. In his new role, Haas will lead product and service research, strategy, and development, and work across the organization to ensure an industry-leading member experience.

Meriwest CU

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Meriwest CU Community Relations Manager, Helen Grays-Jones, was inducted into the 2022 Black Legends Silicon Valley Hall of Fame.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has promoted Wrynn Valentine to employee engagement manager. In her new role, Valentine is responsible for developing and facilitating events and communication efforts to enhance the employee experience. An in-house advocate, she’ll facilitate and influence change to build initiatives that empower, instill appreciation, and remove barriers, allowing employees to perform meaningful work.

SAFE CU

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The Fair Oaks and Orangevale chambers of commerce recently awarded SAFE CU with Best Of honors for SAFE’s financial services.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU Executive Vice President, Chief Experience Officer and Digital Channels, Nathan Schmidt was selected as one of SD Metro Magazine’s 2021 Best Marketing Executives. The award recognizes San Diego’s top marketing leaders whose standout work makes an impact in the community.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU recently named Johnathan Logan as an associate board member. Logan is currently the vice president for community engagement at the Marin Community Foundation. Prior to that, he served as general manager for the Marin City Community Services District. 

 

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU awarded $120,000 in grants to seven nonprofits in 2021 to support programs designed to improve the lives of more than 7,800 residents of the Greater Sacramento region. The grants continue to support programs in career opportunities for veterans, financial proficiency, as well as health and wellness. The credit union is set to provide further support to the community in 2022 with another $120,000 to be distributed in four rounds of grant funding.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU raised $11,587 to help support the efforts of the San Diego Humane Society, Animal Friends of the Valleys in Riverside County and the Animal Assistance League of Orange County this past holiday season with its 10th annual “Presents for Paws” fundraiser. Funds generated from the campaign will be used in part to provide medical care for local shelter animals in need and help educate the community about the importance of adoption and responsible pet ownership.

Patelco CU

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Patelco CU ranks eighth on GOBankingRates’ Best Credit Unions of 2022 list. The personal finance resource and website analyzed and scored credit unions across the nation based on various factors, including product selection, APY offerings, account fees, customer service offerings, total assets and more. 

Crash the GAC in 2022

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Ronald Menor, chair of the Nevada Southern Chapter and AVP of branch sales and service of Silver State Schools CU; and Carrie Padden, account servicing manager at Logix FCU are part of a new group of emerging leaders to Crash the GAC in 2022.

Compass CU

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Compass Community CU has earned BauerFinancial, Inc.'s 5-Star Rating for the 47th consective quarter. To earn this top rating, the credit union must excel under a rigorous, independent analysis of its financial condition. Compass has done so continuously since June 2010, earning the distinction of “Exceptional Performance Credit Union”.

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU is pleased to announce the appointment of Shilpa Edlabadkar to serve as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Frontwave CU, Edlabadkar served as the Assistant Controller of Revenue Accounting for LPL Financial, and held a series of accounting and finance positions of increasing responsibility at Capital One over her 15-year tenure with the organization.

Los Angeles Police FCU

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Los Angeles Police FCU has expanded into the neighboring Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. Now, sworn officers and civilian law enforcement professionals working for agencies in these counties, and their immediate family members, qualify for Los Angeles Police FCU membership. Those volunteering at agencies in these counties are also eligible for Los Angeles Police FCU membership.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for commercial buildings for its administrative office at 3033 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa, Calif.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU employees collectively donated $20,000 to nonprofits serving the Greater Sacramento region during its Joy & Kindness Campaign in 2021. Each team at SAFE CU was provided with $300 to give to select nonprofits as cash grants or to purchase in-kind donations to support holiday gift drives and other services. This is the second year SAFE CU has held the program, doubling its budget from last year.

UNCLE CU

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UNCLE CU marks its 65th anniversary this year. The $636 million, multiple award-winning organization has been recognized by both its industry and field of membership for excellence in service, culture, leadership, philanthropy, and financial strength and performance.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU in partnership with 103.7 KSON Radio was proud to support the 34th Annual KSON Country Cares for Kids St. Jude Radiothon on Dec. 9 and 10. San Diego County CU members and the community were encouraged to make secure donations, which helped raise $257,243 for children in need. Funds raised will be used to aid children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU will award $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors this spring. The 2022 Scholarship Program – in its 22nd year – will provide 10 outstanding college-bound seniors each with a $1,000 scholarship.

First Tech FCU

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First Tech FCU announced it awarded more than $2.7 million to 120 nonprofits serving local communities Oregon, California and Washington — including the Oregon Food Bank, Urban Gleaners, Valley Verde and EastWest Food Rescue.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has promoted Chris Cummins to vice president of virtual service delivery. In his new role, Cummins is responsible for overseeing the delivery of high-quality digital experiences when members access the credit union’s online services. Under his watch, members will receive prompt and relevant help from Redwood CU's contact center through modern assistive technologies such as chat, co-browsing, and video.

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU has announced it is the official credit union of the Sockers, and a primary sponsor for the club during the 2021-22 Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) season. Making their first appearance associated with a MASL club, Frontwave CU joins Kaiser Permanente, Olympus Movement Performance, and LA Fitness as logoed kit sponsors on the Sockers’ 2021-22 defending Ron Newman Cup champion kits.

Patelco CU

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Patelco CU is passionate about giving back and is committed to supporting organizations helping food security and packed more than 5,600 meals that were included in a special shipment from Kids Against Hunger Bay Area to families in need in Haiti.